For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 6:9
I recently commented to a friend that I have become immune to Christmas. It was one of those statements that rolled off my tongue without me planning to say it — an unfiltered statement. What I meant is that I have become completely detached to the secular expression of the holiday — the holiday lights, the Christmas decorations and the pomp and circumstance associated with this time of year. This realization gave me pause, causing me to dig a little deeper to reflect on what Christmas means to me.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God, just as each of us are the Sons of God. Together, we are the Sonship. He came to Earth to teach us that the Kingdom of God lives within us; it is not separate from us. The Kingdom of God is not just in some of us, it is in all of us. Jesus came to this Earth to teach us that we are all divine expressions of our Creator and that we are here on this Earth to make manifest God’s love. We experience God’s love when we love one another. And I think we experience God’s love most intimately when we choose to give our love to those society has deemed most difficult to love. When we extend grace and love to those who have harmed us, we experience the divine. We make manifest God’s love. We become a Prince of Peace.
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of God within us. And by “birth” I mean the moment of awakening when we become conscious to the fact that we are expressions of God. When we wish someone a merry Christmas, we are acknowledging and celebrating the birth of God in that person. Merry Christmas is a Namaste … the God in me celebrates and honors the God in you.
Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for allowing me to experience God’s love in you.
Robyn Short has ghostwritten numerous books and is the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press. She is a student of A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and will graduate with a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Robyn is the author of Prayers for Peace, and the forthcoming children’s book Peace People, co-authored with Nanon Williams. Robyn is available for book signings and to speak on topics of peace building and nonviolence, especially as it relates to these core issues. Contact Robyn by email.